I’m disappointed that I don’t live in Fairview Township in Pennsylvania where there are good citizens standing on the side of the right, as the Neighborhood Watch. What citizens do you ask? Why of course, this newer sect of the Ku Klux Klan.
“You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake!” proclaims their flyers.
It’s an absolute comfort to know with a simple addition of some extra words in the name, like Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan an agenda of “nonviolent” separatism that this sect of the group is totally different than the last 100 years or so of KKK groups.
There’s nothing to worry about. “It’s just like any neighborhood watch program. It’s not targeting any specific ethnicity. We would report anything we see to law enforcement,” Imperial Wizard Frank Ancona said. “We don’t hate people. We are an organization who looks out for our race. We believe in racial separation.”
See? If I lived there I’m sure they wouldn’t target me because of my ethnicity. However, maybe they’d have a problem with me living in their neighborhood, period. No matter, with this kinder, gentler version of intolerance, those burning crosses would feel more like the warm glow of a yule log burning in my front yard. Just a comfort to my family and an opportunity for a nice selfie.
I bet when they come to my house to accuse me of stealing, or whatever crime has been committed in the area, I would get the joy of seeing them don their finest. Remember, it wouldn’t be in violence. Merely a conversation, where I’m sure they’d emphasize that I wasn’t being singled out for my race. This nonviolence of course is part of their effort to change their image.
The Ku Klux Klan rebranding itself is the perfect symbol of the new image of this country. Let’s take a moment to reflect upon on how the KKK can be a kinder, gentler, racially discriminatory organization.
It’s a wonderful reflection of the extremely nonviolent history of separatism that the United States is known for. Remember those golden years of separate schools, separate neighborhoods, even separate water fountains? And so what if those n-words had to sometimes be reminded of their place with force? That’s not really violence.
More like enthusiastically enforcing the laws, right?
Unfortunately, the KKK has some major barriers standing in its way for rebranding. Ancona said even though the Klan has changed its goals, members are still unjustly discriminated against, having the potential to be ostracized or even lose their jobs if links to KKK are discovered.
It’s incredibly disheartening to hear about people who are such stalwart agents of all that is fair and equal to have to be discriminated against because of their affiliation with a group, religion, race or creed. Truly breaks my heart.
CNN has tried to parcel out if the KKK can overcome it’s dirty ties from the past. You know, the extreme brutality, deaths at the hands of klansmen and terrorizing of minorities and their supporters that the group has committed. The experts polled, said regardless of the new party line the KKK wouldn’t be able to shake that pesky image of being a hate group. Especially, when in the not so distant past, like last week a founder and former leader of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party murdered three people at two Jewish facilities in Kansas.
Of course the modern-day KKK wants no part of this. What a PR nightmare, am I right?
Really, it comes down to marketing and image. We all know in today’s society, all they would need in order to change society’s perception is a celebrity endorsement and the incorporation of a cute kitten in a new logo. Then we’d all issue a sigh of relief knowing that the KKK is there to protect those who are in the brotherhood.
Of course, if you’re not in the brotherhood, Ancona said you would be perceived as an “alien.” Is that what they said when they beat minority sympathizers in the past?
Granted, they can’t tell you exactly what they do, who their members are, or what their overarching agenda is.
But shhhh….don’t you worry. When they come to your home asking you quite politely to leave, think of it as a traveling bonfire. You can toast your marshmallows on the way out.